Oct. 15, 2013
News Conference Video
FORT WORTH, Texas
-- TCU football coach Gary Patterson
held his weekly news conference Tuesday in the Four Sevens Team Room.
The Horned Frogs are at No. 21/17 Oklahoma State on Saturday in an 11 a.m. game televised on FOX.
Included below are excerpts from Patterson's meeting with the media.
Opening Statement ...
"We got ourselves back to 3-3 with a Big 12 Conference win in the Carter (Amon G. Carter Stadium) which is good. We're undefeated in the Carter so far this season. That was one of the things we needed to do. Last year, we won on the road (4-1 in Big 12 play). We now need to find a way to win on the road this season."
On playing a second straight season in Stillwater as part of TCU inheriting Texas A&M's Big 12 schedule ...
"I knew about that situation when we entered the Big 12. I liked what (Oklahoma State head coach) Mike (Gundy) said, and I'd be the same way. Coach Gundy said that if he could get us to come up there three straight times, he'd do that. I agree with him."
On Oklahoma State ...
"Oklahoma State is a good football team and really playing well on defense. They lead the league in takeaways. They are very proactive when it comes to that with two really good corners and a good front. They've been playing that way for awhile, and they've stayed healthy. Oklahoma State and Texas will have two weeks to get prepared for us. We're excited about the opportunity. It's playing every seven days. We have five weeks left and then we have two weeks before we play Baylor right after Thanksgiving. Somewhere, we have to make somebody miss serve. We need to get up on the positive end instead of catching up and be 4-3 instead of 3-4. It's a lot less stressful, at least for me."
On any changes in the OSU offense compared to last season ...
"It looks the same and that Coach Gundy has a strong hand in it, too. They've been good on offense, so I don't see a reason why they would change much. There are things they like to do, and they do it well. On special teams, they've got really good returners. They're very athletic and play well on defense. Offensively, they have probably the best line that we'll play up to this point. They're good and physical upfront along with being well coached. Give Coach Gundy credit in really turning things around and being 4-1 with everything they went through."
On preparing for the Cowboys from experiences against past opponents ...
"When you get a chance to work on something every week, you get better at it. Going back a few weeks to the LSU game, one of the things that has given our secondary confidence is when you face someone like (Jarvis) Landry and (Odell) Beckham. When you play two wide receivers like them, you're not going to play against much better. We've played against some good ones so far, but it gives you a confidence level that you know you can step on the field and run with them. That is what an LSU game does for us.
"Offensively, we need a good football game. We need to have something where good things happen to us, and we score a bunch of points. We haven't really had one of those, except for maybe the fourth quarter of the SMU game. We just need to gain a little confidence. It's that simple. I don't think there is any doubt that we have good running backs and guys who can go get the ball at wide receiver. We've seen Trevone (Boykin) win ballgames.
"If you look at where we're at, we haven't been out of ballgames. You get a couple breaks here and there and you have a chance to be 4-1 and maybe 5-0, but you're 3-3. You just have to understand you've got to go make those plays."